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To bring a passionate story of hope to life.

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UPDATE (12/8/13): YOU GUYS ARE THE BOMB AND THANKS TO YOU GUYS BEING AWESOME, WE'VE SURPASSED OUR GOAL WITH 65 HOUR REMAINING! AND FOR THAT, WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS: 

CARE TO EXPLAIN, BLAKE AND MELISSA?

"Billy Boy" is an extremely personal story for me and as I was writing it, I was coming up with several options for how to get this film made. Going through the process, however, I realized that signing a typical financing deal in order to get the movie produced would have required a lot of compromises that, I think, would have taken away from the film's rawness and integrity. Earlier this year, I saw the record-breaking crowd-funding that took place for the "Veronica Mars" film and Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" and I couldn't help but think that I could take a story that is so personal to me and share it with all of you guys on more levels than one. This way, we could maintain the right to our own "final cut," cast the people who we think are right for certain roles and make the film we want to make. It's daunting, but we're excited and would love to have you guys join us in this journey. 

Having fun shooting the Kickstarter video!!!!!!
Having fun shooting the Kickstarter video!!!!!!

WHAT'S THE STORY? 

Like so many teens today, 18-year old Billy Forsetti's potential has been crushed by the cards that life has dealt him. Coming from a broken home, his life consists of going to school, barely, and hanging out with his three best friends. For the past several years, the four buddies have been up to no good and now, their old ways have crossed over to the point of no return. After a night of partying, Billy meets a young waitress, Jennifer, who begins to lead him on a path to redemption. She shows Billy that there is hope and he begins to get in touch with his potential. Unfortunately, Billy is in too deep and after a series of unfortunate events, Billy finds himself struggling to take back control of his life. "Billy Boy" is a story of a young man's pursuit of redemption of self-discovery. The movie focuses on a teen who was born into the wrong life. Like so many of the youth of today, the film represents those who struggle to better themselves in spite of extreme obstacles. "Billy Boy" is a truly emotional piece and an actor's tour de force. It's my story and hopefully, it will be a story we can share in together.  

THE SOUNDTRACK 

I believe that the soundtrack to any film or a television show is vital in providing an additional backdrop to the story. It adds color to the world and the same can be said for the soundtrack for "Billy Boy"—all songs were selected by Melissa and I, personally, and we believe that they only add to the character and beauty of the film. If you back this film, you can be one of the first to stream the soundtrack and experience the world of "Billy Boy" beforehand. For legal reasons, we can't post any of the songs just yet, but here is a sample of a song that is representative of the overall mood of the soundtrack. We're super-excited to have some of our favorite artists and songs be on the soundtrack. Did you know that we love music, by the way? 

Here's a preview: "Rivers" by Bipolar Sunshine

PRE-VISUALIZATION & STORYBOARDS

We are so fortunate to be working with Matthew Meadows, a storyboard artist who is known for his work in movies such as "Kick Ass" and numerous other works on television and film, as well as other notable artists such as Paul McCartney, The Cure, etc. With his collaboration, we are able to establish the look and tone of the locations and characters before going into production. "Billy Boy" has a lot of unique faces and graphic scenes, so it was important to have someone on board to help us bring the story of "Billy Boy" to life in a very specific way. With Matthew's collaboration, we were able to come up with storyboards in order to help us visualize the tone and passion of the film.  

Courtesy of Matthew Meadows
Courtesy of Matthew Meadows
Courtesy of Matthew Meadows
Courtesy of Matthew Meadows
Courtesy of Matthew Meadows
Courtesy of Matthew Meadows

WHY KICKSTARTER, YOU ASK? 

We want you to be our financiers and audience so we can make a movie for you, by you, with absolutely no compromises whatsoever. Yes, we might fail and come short of our goal, but we believe that it's a risk worth taking. 

FINAL CUT

"Final Cut" is the industry term for who has the final say on how a movie will be edited. A lot of traditional financing deals require that the final cut go to the money people, not the director. Most films are tested in front of "test audiences" to see how an audience likes what you've made. Admittedly, sometimes, this is very helpful, as you can get a sense of when the pace is too slow or when certain things need to be cut, added, etc. However, it can also water down the film, as certain changes must be made in opposition to the filmmaker's original vision. Because this story is so personal to us and one that we believe in, we want to see what we envisioned, not something that has been chopped up and remade into a film we can't fully stand by. 

CASTING CHOICES

By being financially tied to a traditional production company, you are typically given a list of actors that they want to approach for various roles within a given film. Yes, most of these actors are great, but a filmmaker and/or writer may not be able to see the actors that they have in mind to play those parts. Basically, it's a lot of politics. However, by being financed by you guys, we have the opportunity to work with the casting director of our choice, ensuring that the actors that fit the absolute best will play the parts. Thankfully, we have access to a network of casting directors who share a vision of the film and will be able to bring these "AAAHHHHHHHHH" (you get it)  roles to life through their impeccable casting.

LOCATION CHOICES

Our first choice for shooting is Los Angeles, mainly because we have connections to most of our major locations. In addition, we've established an amazing support network of crew, friends and family in Los Angeles that will do everything in their power to see this film through the finish line, as well as immediate access to "name actors" with whom we have connections. There will be a 2-day location shoot in Detroit to add a sense of authenticity to the film (we will also receive many tax benefits for shooting in Detroit). 

FINAL NOTES (BUT NOT REALLY) 

We know this is a lot of information. The number of our goal is daunting enough to make us nervous. However, we believe in this film and we believe in you guys. We, undoubtedly, have the most passionate, loyal and amazing fans and we would love for you to join us in this film-making process. To become one of our backers, just click on the big green button to the right of our video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you'd like, and how you want to sign up. It takes just a minute and we'd appreciate it greatly. Regardless of how much you pledge to donate to this Kickstarter or whether we reach our goal or not, we want to thank each and every single one of you guys. This is a dream-come-true for the both of us and we would have it no other way than to share this experience wholly with all of you. 

Risks and challenges

Distribution of "Billy Boy" has proven to be one of the biggest challenges the film has faced. The entire "Billy Boy" team are working hard to do this ourselves. However, there have been numerous films that have proven to be incredibly successful, both commercially and critically, without a distributor, so the film can be made without any artistic compromises.

Our goal is to debut "Billy Boy" at film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, Slamdance and South by Southwest. If you fund this project, we intend to start pre-production immediately, begin shooting in late-May/early-June of 2014, and finish the film in time to submit "Billy Boy" to the aforementioned festivals.

Many of the physical perks (e.g. t-shirts, posters, soundtrack, etc) that you will receive for helping us carry out the vision of this film will be fulfilled gradually, starting from the production of the film till after its premiere. For those of you who are attending our screening or joining us on set, we will do our best to keep you updated periodically on our schedule.

THE FINE PRINT

For those of you visiting our set or joining us as an extra or member of the cast, we anticipate shooting in late-May/early-June to August in Los Angeles, but this has the potential to change. However, we will keep you updated so you can plan well in advance to visit us.

If you become an extra or receive a cast credit, you must be a US citizen, permanent resident or have a US work visa, and not be a member of SAG/AFTRA.

You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to attend the premiere or visit the set. However, extras must also be over 18 (or legal 18).

The content of the voice and video messages are at your direction, but at my discretion. Both Melissa and I reserve the right to refuse to say or do what you request if we find it inappropriate. That said, we aren't super-conservative people, so don't be afraid. Believe me, we'll say anything within reason.

Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film, you will have to sign a release. Also, if you are visiting the set, you will need to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

All shooting locations are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the amount of money we are able to raise and the particular locations giving us the right to shoot. We plan on shooting a part of the film in Detroit, but that is also subject to change.

This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, including the amount of money we are able to raise and the particular locations giving us the right to shoot.

**Associate Producer credits do not qualify for any financial compensation based on the success of the film.

We know all of the legal terminology and overload of information is… a lot, but that just goes to show you how insane the process of making a film really is. We could sit here and plan, but ultimately, anything can happen. However, we are in the process of assembling the best team possible and we assure you that, in the end, we will have created a film that hopefully all of us can be proud of and stand by. It will be insane, but we couldn't be more excited—and we thank you in advance if you can help to make our dreams come true with "Billy Boy". Thank you. THANK YOU.

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  • We will be releasing updates as the campaign moves forward. However, we're still working on the specificities of the production schedule, as all of this is pending the success of the Kickstarter campaign. However, once we have everything set in stone, we plan on sharing some details of the production schedule through our exclusive backer updates!

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  • Yes, absolutely! International shipping rates apply to most of the perks. However, YES, people outside the United States can most definitely back the campaign (and we will love you all the more for it)!

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  • To pledge to a project, just click the green “Back This Project” button on any project page. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward tier. For US-based projects, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. For projects launched outside of the US, you will check out through Kickstarter.

    Unfortunately, you will need a debit or credit card to make a pledge. However, many people have been inquiring about this. An alternative way to pay is to give cash or a check to a parent or friend with a credit card and have them make a pledge in your stead.

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  • Pending the success of the Kickstarter campaign, we hope to start preproduction as soon as the campaign ends and begin production in the early-summer of 2014.

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  • Since we don’t have distribution as of yet, we don’t have a release date set in stone. That said, after submitting our film to various film festivals, we are looking to release the BILLY BOY sometime early-2015.

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  • Well, if our Kickstarter campaign is not successful, your money goes back into your bank account. However, let's hope that doesn't happen!

    Ideally, if we reach our goal, all of your pledges will be collected and deposited into a bank account that my producers and I have set up for the sole purpose of funding the film. No money will be profited by myself or any of the producers involved.

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  • Yes, and we'll be very sad.

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  • We want to make good on our promise to you, which explains the same estimated delivery date for all of the perks.

    Having said that, some of the perks will be delivered sooner than that. For example, perks like exclusive backer updates throughout production will be delivered to you during production (summer of 2014) and other perks, like the t-shirts and art prints. will be delivered even sooner than that. However, for perks like the screenings and meet-and-greets, that will be delivered closer to the estimated delivery date.

    Upon the success of the Kickstarter (hopefully!), we will keep all of you, our precious backers, updated on your perks and will try our best to keep up with all of your questions. So, if you have any questions, let us know and we would be glad to explain them to you.

    We have a fulfillment team that will be working on all the perk fulfillment, so rest assured, we will make good on our promise!

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  • Since the film will be made in Los Angeles, it was a given that we would hold a screening in LA. However, we wanted to make a screening available for the rest of you as well, so we decided on my hometown, Miami, to hold another screening.

    However, if you want a screening in your city, let us know and get your friends to let us know as well. If there is enough demand, we will try to figure it out and make it happen!

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  • Yes, but the costs of making a film is very expensive, as you can imagine, and we wanted to reach out to all of you to help fund the film. But yes, absolutely, we are contributing our own money.

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  • Check the $350 perk and let's be friends on Twitter!

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Rewards

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    Be a part of the Billy Boy team and help bring the film to life! In exchange, you will have our eternal gratitude. YOU'RE THE BOMB!

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    In addition to our eternal gratitude, you will receive exclusive backer updates throughout production via e-mail.

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    Not only do you get exclusive backer updates throughout the production, but your name will be mentioned in the Billy Boy Official Tumblr!

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    On top of our eternal gratitude (this kind of gratitude has no expiration date), you will receive a PDF copy of an earlier draft of the script penned by Blake Jenner just before the film's release. You'll also receive exclusive backer updates throughout the production period and your name will be mentioned on Billy Boy's Official Tumblr.

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    SOUNDTRACK: prior to the film's release, you will be among the first people to hear the exclusive soundtrack for "Billy Boy" via a streaming link. Listen to the songs as you read a digital copy of the script and be in Billy's world—and don't forget our gratitude. You'll also receive exclusive backer updates throughout the production period, your name will be mentioned on Billy Boy's Official Tumblr and you will receive a PDF copy of the script.

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    BILLY BOY T-SHIRT: we're designing a t-shirt exclusively for our Kickstarter backers that won't be available anywhere else. Rest assured that the shirts will be soft, high-quality and edgy. You'll also receive exclusive backer updates, a mention on Billy Boy's Official Tumblr, a digital copy of an earlier draft of the script just before the film's release and a streaming link for the soundtrack.

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    You will receive a digital copy of the movie within days of the movie's release on top of the t-shirt (designed exclusively for Kickstarter backers), a streaming link of the film soundtrack, a digital copy of the script, a mention on Billy Boy's Official Tumblr and exclusive backer updates throughout production.

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    COME BEHIND-THE-SCENES: be the first to see the behind-the-scenes footage! There is so much that happens when producing a film and we want you guys to be a part of all the action. In addition to everything listed above, you will be sent an exclusive (password-sensitive) link to the behind-the-scenes footage, in addition to cast interviews!

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    You'll receive everything listed above and official headshots, signed and personalized, from Blake and Melissa!

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    TWO (2) FRAMABLE ART PRINTS - two storyboard stills printed in high quality and ready for framing. We will get in touch with you guys with options, so you can choose the storyboard stills you want on your picture frame! -- You'll also receive exclusive backer updates, a mention on the official Billy Boy Tumblr, a digital copy of the script just before the film's release and a streaming link for the official film soundtrack.

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    On top of everything else, you get a script of "Billy Boy" signed by the cast!

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    In addition to everything listed above, you will receive an official "Billy Boy" movie poster signed by the cast.

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    GOOGLE HANGOUT: after the film's release, you will be exclusively invited to a group Google hangout with Blake, Melissa and other fans, where you can ask them questions about the film, their dogs, GLEE or whatever else! -- You'll also receive the exclusive backer updates, a mention on our official Tumblr, a digital copy of the script and the film, exclusive access to our soundtrack (streaming link), a special edition t-shirt and access to top-secret BTS footage!

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    Voice Greeting: fifteen seconds of Blake or Melissa saying whatever you want "within good taste". You will receive an mp3 file of the greeting to use as a voicemail greeting or to play on repeat in your car. You'll also receive the exclusive backer updates, a mention on our official Tumblr, a digital copy of the script and the film, exclusive access to our soundtrack (streaming link), a special edition t-shirt and access to top-secret BTS footage!

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    If you contribute $350, Blake and Melissa will love you not only in their hearts, but by following you on Twitter for an entire year! You'll also receive the exclusive backer updates, a mention on our official Tumblr, a digital copy of the script and the film, exclusive access to our soundtrack (streaming link), a special edition t-shirt and access to top-secret BTS footage!

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    Get a private one-on-one Skype session with Blake and Melissa! You'll also receive the exclusive backer updates, a mention on our official Tumblr, a digital copy of the script and the film, exclusive access to our soundtrack (streaming link), a special edition t-shirt and access to top-secret BTS footage!

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    Attend a private screening, Q&A and an after-party in Los Angeles for two alongside the cast, crew and special guests! After the movie, there will be a special Q&A with the cast. Then, after the Q&A, party like it's 1999! You will have to provide your travel and accommodations in Los Angeles. You must be 18 or older OR be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to attend the premiere.
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    Attend a private screening, Q&A and an after-party in Miami for two alongside the cast, crew and special guests! After the movie, there will be a special Q&A with the cast. Then, after the Q&A, party like it's 1999! You will have to provide your travel and accommodations in Miami. You must be 18 or older OR be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to attend the premiere.
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    OWN ONE-OF-A-KIND MOVIE MEMORABILIA FROM "BILLY BOY". See something in the film that you like? Well, now you have your shot at owning the original. Own a piece of the cast's wardrobe, a set piece, etc. All pieces will be signed and personalized upon request. Limited quantities available!
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    Live in Los Angeles? Join Blake and Melissa for coffee for you and a plus one. Enjoy some quality one-on-one time with the stars of "Billy Boy" and get to know them on a personal level.
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    SET VISIT FOR TWO! Watch us film a scene, have lunch with the cast and crew and be a part of the film-making process! You will also be shot for the exclusive behind-the-scenes footage! Travel and accommodations not provided.
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    How would you like to be a part of a very special concert, starring Blake Jenner, Melissa Benoist, Alex Newell, Lindsay Pearce, Abraham Lim and some other surprise guests? Have the best seats in the house? Join us for rehearsal? Partake in a private reception before the show? Join us for an exclusive meet-and-greet after the show? Make this pledge and let's make it happen!
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    BE AN EXTRA! Spend the day on our set and be featured as a background actor. You will be acting alongside the stars of the movie and will be directed by our director. You will get to meet the actors working that day, have lunch with the cast and crew and get a tour of set. There are no guarantees that you will show up in the final cut, though we will certainly try our best to make it happen (either way, you will receive a copy of your scene)! You must provide your own travel and accommodation in Los Angeles.
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    Name a character in the movie! You will hear this character's name said out loud at least one time in the movie. We guarantee this name will make the final cut.
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    You will get a speaking role in the film. You will be directed by the film director and have this role as a credit on your resume for the rest of your life. Your name will be listed on the credits of the film! We guarantee you will be on camera as you say the line. You will receive special help and coaching to assist you. There are no guarantees that you will show up in the final cut, though we will certainly try our best to make it happen (either way, you will receive a copy of your scene). Make this moment count—it's your time to shine!
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    BILLY BOY'S PACKAGE: For pledging this much, not only will you get a bone-crushing hug and a kiss on the cheek, but you will also get Blake and Melissa in a living room, performing an intimate, acoustic concert for you and a plus one! You will be served lunch and spend some quality time with them, chatting about life, love, music, movies, whatever. This will be arranged for one night and there will be other surprise guests performing! -- LIMITED TO US RESIDENTS
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    Be an associate producer of the film! Your name will appear near the top of the credits, as well as receive main title billing. To whoever pledges this much, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much.**
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Funding period

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